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more about the events that led to the resignation of cia director general david petraeus. it began with an fbi investigation of harassing e-mails from petraeus' biographer paula broadwell. those e-mails were sent to 37-year-old joe kelly, a state department liaison and friend of general petraeus. sources say the fbi stumbled onto the affair between petraeus and broadwell during that investigation and according to a former petraeus staffer who spoke to the general today, the affair began after he became cia director and ended about four months ago. brian moore is covering this developing story tonight from capitol hill. >> reporter: as president obama saluted vets transin arlington investigation cemetery. >> to thank you, to honor you. >> reporter: washington was consumed with the thought of one of the nation's most celebrated military heroes, cia director and former general david petraeus stepped down over an extramarital affair. >> it was like a lightning bolt. >> reporter: nbc news reports personal e-mails between petraeus and biographer paula broadwell came to light after an ano
right after this broadcast. >>> today, former cia director david petraeus told lawmakers what he knows about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he said the intelligence committee chose not to disclose the al qaeda connection to the attack, in order to avoid tipping off the terrorists. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with a special treatment that congress gave to the retired general. steve? >> reporter: hi, jim. it wasn't a hot seat, it was more a warm welcome up here on capitol hill tonight. some republicans are still charging that somebody played politics with what the public was told about benghazi. petraeus testified that if that happened, it wasn't the fault of the cia. former cia director david petraeus kept out of sight until he got home. lawmakers had cleared the way for him to get to the closed-door hearing without walking through halls. a favor to the general, who apologized to lawmakers for his affair. petraeus testified the cia figured immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. killing the u.s. ambassador and three others. ho
about the fbi investigation that ended the cia career of retired general david petraeus. senior members of the house and senate intelligence committees say they should have been told sooner about a possible security breach. danielle lee is on capitol hill now with the latest on the story that is still evolving. danielle? >> reporter: good evening, doreen. the fbi says no laws were broken, but some lawmakers say the affair put david petraeus in a compromised position. and that they say could have threatened national security. lawmakers are criticizing the fbi for initially keeping secret an investigation that led to the downfall of former cia director david petraeus. >> to have swop out there in such a sensitive position that the fbi thought could have been compromised or under the scope of an fbi investigation, who may or may not have been having an afarp at the time, that had to have been brought to the president or the security council. >> reporter: they say the investigation started out months ago with the potential case of cyber harassment. jill kelley, a friend of petraeus,
today got closed-door briefings from the cia. and reported later that the u.n. ambassador, susan rice, got a bit of a lifeline thrown to her by the agency. the cia corroborating what rice said she knew and when she knew it. but overall, she said this issue remained highly political, partisan, even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain. who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> for the president of the united states for two weeks afterwards to deny that that was the case, is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: susan rice denied it. infuriating republicans. acting cia director mike morrell on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice. that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on. >> that this was a spontaneous protest that evolved into something militant. that was the best information. they said they had at the time. >> reporter: there had been earlier attacks in benghazi. house republica
-mails that led the cia directory step down. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm jim rosenfield. we're learning that the fbi investigation that throwed general petraeus' resignation began with complaints about his biographer. a senior law enforcement official tells nbc news the investigation began when a woman told the fbi she was being harassed in e-mails. the official says, the fbi traced those e-mails back to petraeus biographer paula broadwell and found explicit e-mails from broadwell to petraeus. as brian mooar explains, investigators do not believe the former fbi director broke the law. >> reporter: david petraeus has washington asking how and why? the woman suddenly in the spotlight, author paula broadwell isn't saying. back in january she was promoting her book of the general. >> absolutely loves the agency, and the i think it's a great place for him. >> reporter: while the west point graduate and army reserve officer had close access to the cia director. federal agents investigating whether she had access to e-mails or his computer. >> the fbi's investigation took place on computers th
. >> reporter: david petraeus who took over at the cia in 2011 wrote "after being married for over 37 years, i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. both behavior is unassessmentable as a husband an as the leader of an organization such as ours." petraeus resigns just days after his boss won re-election and president obama accepted it saying about petraeus and his wife, holly, i wish them the very best at this difficult time. >> it's a lite bit too soon to tell today because of how sudden this was. but for lack of a better term, petraeus is a legend one of the few generals to get so much credit for so many things. >> reporter: scheduled to testify at house and senate hearings on the terrorist attack in september and the american embassy in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead, including ambassador chris stevens. >> so, this is really probably the most politically uncomfortable. just on the benghazi question, the most politically uncomfortable moment the guy has had since he reached the national stage. had to be a really hard time for him. >> reporter:
news conference last week before the bad news from the cia. president obama tried to show off the power he won through reelection, claiming voters back his call for tax hikes on the rich. but that message had a distraction. the petraeus problem. >> i have no evidence at this point, from what i've seen, that classified information was disclosed, that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security. >> reporter: the president's withholding judgment on the fbi keeping secrets that allen, petraeus, and kelley and broadwell matter. >> we're safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. >> reporter: issue two was the fiscal cliff and taxes. >> what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it. >> reporter: republicans demand no rate hike. can there be a deal finally to cut deductions in what the rich pay in taxes. >> i recognize we're going to have to compromise. as i said on election night, compromise is hard. >> reporter: issue three, libya. four americans dead in benghazi. republicans today demanded a new investigation and war
former cia director petraeus. the current commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, his name is john john allen, is now being investigated. he is accused of sending, or being involved with thousands of e-mails with jill kelley. she is the florida socialite who led the fbi to petraeus. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on this. >> thanks. good evening from capitol hill. coincidentally, general kelley is not in afghanistan tonight. he came here to washington for a hearing that was to be held tomorrow. it has been put off, day after tomorrow on, what allen still hope will be his promotion to a better job. instead, his reputation is being called into question. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, was on track to be nato commander until the disclosure that he is under investigation by the pentagon. jill kelley, a socialite in tampa and general allen allegedly exchanged e-mails and documents that were called inappropriate. allen insisted there was no affair. kelley's complaints that she was getting harassing e-mails led the fbi to paula broadwell and the affair between
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